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Kilala Sushi Bar

4749 East Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC V5C2K8
Tel: (604) 298-4749
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Take out and eat in Japanese sushi restaurant located in North Burnaby across from Happy Honda. Parking in Rear.

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Great take out sushi bar
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

Always had a good experience here with fresh fish and nicely made sushi. My favorites are the charashi don, and ethnic salmon/tuna rolls. Good value for your money, and very tastey food.

Place is clean and simple looking. There is no table service, you order at the counter and seat yourself. There is also free tea you serve yourself.

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Lucky to have this place in the 'hood
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 11:46am [Dine in]

I've been a regular here since they opened and the reason I'm a regular is because it's the best sushi within a 4km radius. Sure there's restaurants with more selection and better ambiance but not in North Bby. The owners and only workers (a husband and wife) are always friendly; they've never made an error or our orders. My only complaints are I'd like to see more selection and maybe a liquor licence but I'm sure that would add big costs for them. So accept this place as it is: a cheap, convenient japanese-owned and operated little sushi bar right in the neighborhood.

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One time here is more then enough
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

Very small place with seating for about 12 people and 4 stools at the sushi bar. Order at the counter and pay first. If you have people ahead of you the wait can be very long. No hot food here other than tea and miso soup. Tea is self serve. Sushi costs a little more then other places and is really awful. The sushi rice is completely tasteless and falls apart easily. Chopsticks are impossible to eat with so you must resort to fingers. After every bite you have to lick the rice off your fingers. Establishment is clean and the uni-restroom was clean. The food here really turned me off.

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Great Sushi
By lesmark of burnaby (72 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 3, 2006 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

I had the opportunity to try this sushi bar and was impressed with the sushi quality. I ate in and it was a husband-wife team. The sushi is better than Sushi Town and I will be back.

The location may not be as prominent as it is a somewhat tucked away.

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Extremely long wait for take-out.
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Went here tonight w/my fiance for some take-out sushi. Was told that we should come back in 20 minutes, and we did. After 40, yes, that's right FORTY minutes we got our 2 sushi rolls and 4 pieces of sushi. Forty minutes.

Food: good. Not great, but good for take-out. If we didn't experience the excruciatingly long wait for our take-out, this would have become our sushi take-out place since we live relatively close.

Service: atrocious. The woman who took our order was polite enough. But when I went back after being told the wait would be 20 minutes, she didn't even acknowledge me. I was told the food would be ready in another 5 minutes, but it was another TWENTY minutes before I received my order. Clearly they were putting other orders ahead of ours.

Value: it's pretty standard for sushi in Burnaby. I guess...

Ambiance: what ambiance? It's a take-out place with tables and chairs.

Would I recommend this place? Sure, if you're willing to wait 40 minutes for 2 rolls and 4 pieces of sushi.

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Good Japanese food that is not "Westernized" - 1st time visit
By bestfood of Burnaby, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2012 - 12:52am [Dine in]

1st time here with the family.

Food: Just the way it should be. Perfect temperature, No semi-frozen tuna or salmon usually indicates slow or no business. Most importantly, it's not "westernized" with tons of Japanese mayonnaise. You will notice you will not feel thirsty afterwards because of the over use/ mixture of mayonnaise. it's the MSG. If you ever been to japan, This is as close it'll get.

Service: They are a nice japanese couple and very japanese cultured. Expect the service to be polite and quiet. They've been in business for over 9 years here. They must be serving something right. when you order they'll take your order and come back to you when it's done. Please be patient with the 5 other "takeout" orders waiting to be picked up. Tea is self served, that's OK.

Value: If you normally dine at those other japanese restaurant chains"usually, Chinese, Korean,Vietnamese owners, you'll notice the size is not comparable about 1/3 smaller, and not full of mayonnaise. It tasted good, temperature was right. you will not feel overstuffed. Price wise .. you have to figure out your intention before going in..Prices are comparable to other, but remember, You want to pay for food quality, this is the place, you want to pay for quantity, this isn't for you.

Ambiance: Very clean, simple and bright. you can have a nice quiet sit in without a crowd. No overhead 46 inch flat screen TV or glaring music to distract you or the company you are with. We started a conversation with the owner/server, They were very nice down and down to earth.

Would we return again.. For sure...

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It's all about the Sushi...
By ibli of East Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

and they've got great sushi here. The service has always been great, it's very obvious that you are supposed to order up front and then have your meal delivered. The quality of the fish is excellent, I'm surprised this place isn't better known. It's not very fancy inside but for great sushi at great prices Kilala can't be beat.

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best Unagi sushi in Vancouver
By whatthehell108 of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant couple times and I can only say: the best Unagi (eel) Sushi i have ever eaten in Vancouver. the chef really used fire torch to grill each piece of eel before he serves it to us. and they tasted really amazing. the chef and his wife (the waitress) are really friendly and the price is really acceptable. I would definitely introduce this restaurant to my friends and go back there to taste the Unagi sushi again.

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Great local sushi
By darthma of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

My wife and I live in the N. Burnaby area and there are a multitude of sushi places along Hastings. This is our favourite. They only do sushi (i.e., no teriyaki chicken, tempura) but they do a great job of it. Some reviewers here have complained about the weird service but to be fair, it's only a couple that run the place. And it does say "Order here" where you're supposed to order. The tea is also clearly labelled as self serve. The couple is so friendly and always greet us with a smile.

Now, the food. We really like the sushi there. If you want a great place to sit down and eat and you're willing to pay more, Okada sushi downtown Vancouver is great. However, if you want something fast cheap and close, it doesn't get better than this. They have a great 'smoked salmon' roll which you don't see very often. Give it a try. I'd also recommend the sashimi salad.

Go give it a try. :)

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Quality sushi
By chika_t of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I felt the need to review Kilala after one of the reviewers below had much to complain about.

I am a regular customer at Kilala and find that their food is always excellent. If you sit at the counter and watch the husband-chef cut the fish you can tell that he has years of experience under his belt. He slices the fish smooth and with expertise. Together with his wife, they take a humble little space and create wonderful dishes.

Yes, she does not take your order. There is a clear sign indicating that you order at the cash. It is not neccessary for you to pay tip. They are extremely friendly and really do appreciate you as a customer. It is evident that they work hard for their restaurant.

I am an avid fan of the b.c. roll and the beef sushi. I would highly recommend the yam roll, as it is one of my favorites. I would choose the Japanese-run Kilala over Sushi anyday.

My only complaint is that i wish that their mocha pudding was always available. It is the best pudding i've ever had; however, the wife often tells me that they have none left so i have to satisfy my pudding craving with the caramel pudding. Don't get me wrong, the caramel pudding is good, just not as good as the mocha pudding.

I am glad i discovered this little sushi bar. Once you've been here, you'll find yourself coming back.

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Not Bad - There are better!
By rp07 of Burnaby (28 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 11:11am [Dine in]

So, I've heard some hype about this tightly tucked away sushi bar on Hastings, and I've had this hunger for sushi for the past 2 days, I could have gone to another place that I enjoy, but this place is 10 minutes or less from where I live.

Got to the sushi bar about 6:50pm, gave my order, and by the way, I had to pay for the food when I ordered... just so I wouldn't take off on them! I guess it was because I had to wait 35-40 minutes to have my order at my table, and they didn't want to lose the business, if that's the case... I was more than dissapointed.

The presentation was good, no doubt about that. I found the rice in the overall menu to be somewhat sticky, and the Ikura (Salmon Roe) didn't dance in my mouth. There was way too much Wasabi in the sushi pieces, which is "overkill"!

My overall experience was "decent" to say the least, though I wouldn't go out of my way to head back there. Now, I did notice one thing, more takeout orders are given, so the emphasis on quality may be on the takeout.

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I love this place
By kawika07 of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here for years and love the cute couple that run the place. Its a little slow on service but the sushi is fantastic. Just enough rice and the toro is to die for!

If your in a rush its probably best to call ahead. Its also a little place so I generally to take out anyway. This place is definitely worth your patronage!

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Very authentic sushi bar
By simonsaysso of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 19, 2007 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

This place is run by a husband/wife team and the chef takes pride in his work. The quality of the food shows. It's pretty small, so I usually go in for take out. The owners are very friendly. Definately a must try.

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We like their food.
By DMboth of bby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:49am [Dine in]

My husband and I like this place. It is a very small and clean sushi bar run by a Japanese couple. They are always friendly and food's taste is absolutely wonderful. My favorite is the Chirashi Sushi. It is the best one for this price I have tried in great Vancouver area. The material they use is good. Especially the rice! The chef is very skillful. He gives the food a great harmony of taste. If I did not remember wrong, in the beginning, they did not have table for eat in but only take-out. Later they added several small tables for those customers who want to eat there. You need to help yourself to get free water or tea. But you don't need to pay tips. The only shortage is -- I guess the owners want to keep it asa real Japanese sushi bar, so they don't serve other Japanese foods but shushi. and the volume of foods is as small as those restaurants in Japan. For a lot of Vancouver customers, it is too small.

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Fresh and delicious
By patadeperro of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

This mum and pop shop consistently turns out yummy sushi that is fresh and delectable. Their food is reasonably priced and quick. Miso is full flavoured and their creme caramel custard is one of the best I've ever tasted and only $2!! Not fancy, but definitely worth the trip.

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Shame it's not better-known...
By AreaMan of N. Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

This place used to infuriate me for being closed on Mondays when I had them off. Be prepared to spend for separate items, as the under-$10 combos are not especially worthy unless you live for small pieces of garden-variety (kappa, tekka) maki. The place is aptly named; it is a sushi bar only and does not serve hot food. No teriyakis or gyoza here.

You won't miss them. While I enjoy them too, let's be honest - they're filler for the kids who want "the cooked stuff" (the ones I usually want to slap). Kilala has the best Saba (one of my favourites) I’ve had anywhere – absolutely perfect and topped with finely chopped scallion and a tiny piece of lettuce on top of the rice finger – and the Futo Maki, while a little pricey, just feels substantial. The couple running it are sweet and always seem grateful for your visit, and will gladly provide extras like little cups for mixing soy in if you're picking up.

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Very good Take Out Sushi in N. Bby
By daifaylow of Brentwood, Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 3, 2006 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

If you live in North Burnaby or pass by Happy Honda on E. Hastings in Bby on the way home, then Kilala is the place for take out sushi. This small, very clean restaurant owned by a friendly Japanese couple serves very good fresh sushi at reasonable prices. Eat-in seating is limited to 1 large and 4 small tables along with 5 stools at the sushi bar. Basically, you order, pay and wait for your food so if you are looking for ambience or in a rush, this is not the place. Best to call ahead and place your order since the husband is the only sushi chef.

The menu consists of some combo's and trays, sushi bowls, rolls, nigiri and sashimi. The saba and unagi nigiri sushi are the best that I have eaten. The attention to the quality of the fish is evident here compared to other take out places in North Burnaby.

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Dissapointed
By groji of gva (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure where all these other people were eating but I definitly did not have the same experience as some of the other customers. Sushi was bland but edible, Value was acceptable, Ambiance could be better and Service was lackluster but not horrible. This restaurant is probably patroned by those who are too impatient to wait in line at Sushi Town.

Maybe I just came at the wrong day and time? If this restaurant continues getting good reviews I might come back to see what I missed, until then I'm sticking with this review.

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Nothing Special Really
By sudenly_youre_in_lov of West Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 3, 2007 - 12:51am [Dine in]

I visited with my parents and Korean gf (she has had many good Sushi meals and knows good Sushi). We could not find any other place open on 1 Jan 2007, so we went to Kailala Sushi. The decor is absolutely minimal; not poor but not fantastic at all. They can do much with a bit of attention and few dollars of decor items. We took our seats in an absolutely empty small restaurant. A Japanese gentleman Chef and a lady helper were there (husband and wife maybe). She did not come to take our order so I said to her: "Pardon me, we're ready to order". She told me to come to her to order. I didn't think that was good service, even if their system calls for the customer to place their order first before sitting down. There were no other clients in the line up. We were THE only ones there. Then I asked for tea and we were told to go to the self serve tea area and pour tea for ourselves. These are not typical standards of service at a sushi restaurant. We poured tea for ourselves and did our own refills too.

The food came. The Sashimi was OK. The Unagi role was mediocre at best. The Kilala Combo was so so and poor value. The Ikura Sushi (Salmon roe) was really slimy, old and bad tasting. We did not eat half of it but all of us worried if we'd get really sick because of the Ikura gone bad. We did feel a little bit nauseated later but did not get sick. I paid $45 for four people and frankly I was left embarrassed for having stopped there.

Will I visit again? No, I don't like slimy Sushi. Does this restaurant have potential? I believe it does. The Chef is good. They can do much to imrpove things with little effort and little cost and they can even increase their prices by 10-15% but Sushi MUST be fresh and when it gets old, it should be used as bate.

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